Upcoming Electric Cars in India in 2021-22
Going electric is in the vogue these days. Almost every manufacturer is trying to step into the game with one or the other electric vehicles. After all, each company – as its own – is making large initiatives in order to reduce its carbon footprint on the earth, hence, leading to a better future in the years to come.
Over the past year or so, we’ve seen an enormous number of electric cars, motorcycles, and scooters to make way into the Indian market. Despite India’s lacklustre charging infrastructure, manufacturers are betting huge and the government, too, is also taking into account and introducing new schemes to lure consumers into buying greener products. The transition from BS-IV to BS-VI earlier this year, however, is a topic we’ll pick some other time.
What we’re going to discuss today are some of the fully-electric four-wheelers that are all set to enter the Indian market. And, of course, when are they arriving in the market. There are some very exciting fully-electric cars that are all set to enter the Indian market very soon. So, without much further ado, here goes the list.
1. Volvo XC40 Recharge
The Volvo XC40 Recharge is the fully-electric derivative of the standard XC40, which is Volvo’s entry-level luxury SUV for the Indian market. The Volvo XC40 has become a household name for many luxury SUV buyers and Volvo hopes to reach the more economical audience with the XC40 Recharge. Volvo even says that it has sold out all the models allocated for the year 2020. The international-spec XC40 Recharge comes powered by two individual motors on each axle, together churning out 402bhp and 660Nm of torque. Volvo has said that the XC40 is definitely coming to the Indian shores, as soon as 2021.
2. Mahindra eKUV100
Mahindra’s smallest hatchback with SUV pretensions might not have found many buyers in the Indian market, but it sure did create a segment that’s rising pretty fast. Mahindra & Mahindra is now gearing up to introduce the electrified version of the KUV100, which it calls the eKUV100. It is, of course, based on the standard ICE-powered hatchback. However, Mahindra cars have made a few changes to the car to give it a distinctive identity. It is supposed to be coming our way early next year.
3. Maruti Suzuki WagonR EV
An electrified version of the WagonR is what Maruti Suzuki really needs to prove its green credentials to the Indian consumers. After all, the boxy WagonR is the maker’s most popular hatchback in the Indian market, which strikes a good balance between comfort, features, and space, especially in its latest iteration. However, as per some leaks suggest, expect the WagonR EV to have a largely different design than the standard model. It, too, shall hit the Indian market early next year.
4. Tata E-Vision Concept
Tata Motors is one of the few automakers in the Indian market to have an upper hand in making electric vehicles. The brand first released the Tigor EV and then the all-the-more joyous Nexon EV. The Nexon EV has also been one of the most welcomed EVs in the Indian market. Next from Tata cars shall be the Altroz EV, but the one to look out for is the E-Vision Concept, which will foray Tata Motors in the fiercely packed mid-size sedan space, with the goodness of an electric motor. It is expected to be unveiled in its production form by late next year.
5. Audi E-Tron
The Audi E-Tron is, hands down, one of the most anticipated electric vehicles in the Indian market. And, believe us, it’s really good. It is the maker’s first electric vehicle, which is expected to hit the Indian market sometime next year. We’ve driven the E-Tron for an extensive drive review in Dubai last year and we returned extremely impressed with the electric SUV. Of course, with all the technology and sophisticated engineering, the E-Tron is going to be a very expensive proposition, even pricier than the newly launched Mercedes-Benz EQC. But if Audi India manages to price it near its only rival, it could be the new segment leader in the market. We’ll have to wait and see till next year how that turns out.